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TOOLS TO SUCCESS: Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Matt Wright, Dan Gregory and Dubbo Regional Council manager city development and communications Natasha Comber. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDThe inaugural Back to Business has been labelled a success in Dubbo, with business owners gaining valuable advice for prosperity.
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Back to Business Week was the brainchild of the NSW Department of Industry. It was through the government Dubbo Regional Council was granted $10,000 to promote and celebrate small business, council’s manager city development and communications Natasha Comber said.

“We used this funding to bring Dan Gregory, an expert on business and leadership and co-founder, CEO and president of The Impossible Institute, to Dubbo. Mr Gregory isan engaging speaker who inspires business leaders, employers and staff with his insights and humour,” Ms Comber said.

Mr Gregory spoke at the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Wednesday morning, as well as council’s free event Tuesday night.

Chamber presidentMatt Wright said almost 100 people attended each event, and the positive feedback from had already been flowing. Mr Wright said he was impressed with the speeches given by Mr Gregory.

“One thing that really resonated with me was the power of networking and a collaborative approach to make the most out of other businesses and other business people,” Mr Wrightsaid.

“We often live in our own little bubble and can be a bit protective of our businesses sometimes. There’s a fear of giving secrets away, but with me, working as a mortgage broker, I’m happy to catch up with others in the industry and talk shop.”

The funding was of great assistance, Mr Wrightsaid, without which a speaker such as Mr Gregory could never have been brought in.

The Back to Business Weeks were a collaboration between council and the Chamber of Commerce.

Ms Comber said council was committed to providing the businesses of Dubbo and Wellington with the tools and resources they needed.

‘Council wants to ensure that small businesses have the tools and help they need for sustained success. These events were about inspiring owners to look at ways they can improve how they do business and develop strategies for their future,” she said.

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7000-page EIS translated into plain English –Part 1100 pages a day: call for longer exhibition period JOBS: At peak construction, 105 workers will be from within a one-hour drive of the project, an area that includes the councils of Gunnedah and Moree.
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THE Narrabri Gas Project may bring less jobs to the town then previously expected, with only 10 per cent of its 1050-strong construction workforce slated to be locals.

Less than half of the 200-ongoingworkforce will be locals, with roughly 45 per cent coming from Narrabri or within an hour’s drive of the project.

The figures come from Santos’ 7000-page Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

At peak construction, only 105 workers will be from within a one-hour drive of the project, locatedin the Pilliga forest, which “will include local governmentareas (LGAs) like Narrabri, Gunnedah and Moree”.

A further 20 per cent, approximately 210 workers, will be fromthe surrounding 14 LGAs, which stretch from Dubbo to Glen Innes.

The remaining 70 per cent, about 735 workers, will come from the rest of NSW or interstate.

Local business chamber president Russell Stewart said people had to moveaway from the percentages and lookat the number of jobs.

“A hundred jobs is a helluva lot of jobs in any country town, but if you convert that to 10 per cent it doesn’t sound like a lot,” Mr Stewart said.

“Many of the positions are specialised builders or highly qualified scientific jobs.

“Nocountry town has people like that sitting around. When you look at Narrabri and its unemployment rate, we simply can’t supply the numbers, we just don’t have them.”

However, Narrabri farmer and long-time resident Ron Campy said Santos had “led the community astray” about the number of local jobs the project would create.

“They’re trying to sell the project, what the hell do you expect?” Mr Campey asked.

“I think those numbers are inflated, I’d be surprised if there are more than 50 jobs for locals.”

LOCAL NUMBERS: Santos’ Todd Dunn and Peter Mitchley at the Narrabri Gas Project. The company says locals will be used whenever possible. Photo: Geoff O’Neill

The EIS also identifiesthe “increase in temporary non-resident male population workforce… can impact on community values”.

NSW Greens resources spokesman Jeremy Buckingham was shockedonly 10 per cent of the construction workforce would be local.

“A fly-in-fly-outworkforce will have huge detrimental impacts on the local community, causing local inflation, housing shortages and anti-social behaviour,” he said.

“Fly in, fly out practices exacerbate the worst parts of the boom and bust cycle.These admissions shows this project is all about profits for Santos and likely to be a net negative for the community.”

When approached for a comment, Santos referred The Leader back to the EIS, which states “local contractors and suppliers will be used where possible”.

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TWO very solid sales by Pathfinder Angus in Victoria and South Australia saw the stud clear 225 bulls to a top of $32,000.
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Buyer Mark Beavis, left, agent Col Broughton, Landmark Euroa, and Pathfinder’s Nick Moyle with Lot 33, the equal top-priced $16,000 bull.

The Moyle family’s sale last week at Gazette near Penshurst backed up its very impressive result at South Australia the week before where a total clearance of 122 bulls was achieved with a $32,000 top and anaverage price of $9336.

Peter Robertson and Ken Davis of Condah Hills with Pathfinder’s Nick and Sara Moyle and the equal $16,000 top-priced bull, Lot 9.

At Pathfinder’s Gazette sale last week, 103 bulls sold of the 106 offered to a top of$16,000 twice and anaverage $8300.

The two top-priced bulls were Lot 9, Pathfinder Genesis L48 and Lot 33, Pathfinder 12E7 L170.

Ken Davis and Peter Robertson of Condah Hills, atCondah near Macarthur, werethebuyers of Lot 9, a powerful Pathfinder Genesis son out of a TC Total daughter. The young sire tipped the scales at 882 kilograms and hada scrotal circumference of 42 centimetres.

The buyerssaid they purchased this Genesis son for his “performance figures to boost their herd index”.

Lot 9 hadestimated breeding values (EBVs) in the top one per centfor the breed for +59kg for 200-day growth +104kg for 400-day growth and +142kg 600-day growth. He is +6.0kg for birth weight while scoring +5.1 square centimetres for eye muscle area (EMA) and +1.5pc for intramuscular fat (IMF).

Condah Hills also purchased Lot 63 for $15,000, Lot 91 for $8000 and 107 for $7000 to an average of $11,500.

First time buyer of Pathfinder genetics, Riverwood Angus, Goomalibee, bought Lot 33, the equal top priced bull.

Pathfinder 12E7 L170 is sired by Rito 12E – son of the great Rito Revenue, and out of a Lawson’s Dinky-Di cow. This impressive sire was the heaviest in the sale draft weighing 996kg with a scrotal circumference of 44cm.

Lot 33’s EBVs were in the top five per cent for the breed for +54kg for 200-day growth, +89kg for 400-day growth and +124kg for600-day growth. He was +6.6kg for birth weight,+9.5sqcm for EMAand +2.2pc for IMF.

Mark Beavis said he bought thetwo year-old sire for his “complete softness and thickness”.

“He will work well over my bigger framed cow herd,” Mr Beavis said.

Landmark Agent Col Broughton said another of his clients had topped the Euroa calf saleswith Pathfinder blood calves, so he encouraged Mr Beavis tothe sale.

Pathfinder’s Nick Moyle said it was great to see repeat buyers back, and bulls had gone to Tasmania andNSW.

“The Genesis sons are the highlight this year with 13 sons selling in SA to average $14,500 while they were in hot demand at this sale also,” Mr Moyle said.

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Good prices: Weeran’s Claire Moore, left, Leah Drendel, Tim Wright, Tom French, all in red shirts, with top priced bull buyers Gerard and Peter Ryan of Hawkesdale and agent Glenn Judd.Buyers braved the heat at Weeran Angus’ 27th annual on-property sale on Monday at Byaduknear Hamilton, whereall 67 bulls cleared and thestud achieved a record top price of $15,000.
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Nine more bulls sold this year compared to last year and the average price of $6947 marked a $654 increase.

Thestands were filled with more than 60 registered buyers from South Australia and Victoria.

The top price of $15,000 wasLot 4, Weeran Longlost Friend L86.

This 22 month-old bull is by Weeran Hopman H31 and out of a Te Mania Africa cow.

L86 weighed in at 864 kilograms.

His estimated breeding values (EBVs) inlcuded +6.5 for birth weight, +51 for 200-day weight, +92 for 400-day weight, +119 for 600-day weight, +8.8 for eye muscle area and +1.7 for intramuscular fat.

Peter and Gerard Ryan, Ryan Pastoral, Hawkesdale, were the successful buyers of theyoung sire.

“He was an all round good bull, with size and shape with top figures,” Peter Ryan said.

They said the bull would be used over a new line of heifers bought at Naracoorte, SA.

SKB Rodwells were the volume buyer on the day purchasing a total of nine bulls for their clients, for an average of $7333.

“It was another wonderful sale, with the bulls presented very well with exceptional temperaments,” Gary Webb, SKB RodwellsWarrnambool, said.

Weeran Angus’ Alec Moore said the studwas very happy to sell all the bulls on offer.

“[It]shows that our clients are happy with the product that we offer them,” Mr Mooresaid.

“When bulls have the whole package of phenotype and data, people are very enthusiastic about them.

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Future awaits: Barton Park will become part of privately-owned Kogarah Golf Club’s new course if the Cooks Cove DA for the southern precinct is approved. Picture: John VeageThe state government and Bayside Council have not yet formally approved the lease of Barton Park and adjoining public land to Kogarah Golf Club for a new course.
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This was revealed as about 30 opponents of the project staged a rally outside Rockdale Town Hall.

Cooks Cove anger: Protesters outside Rockdale Town Hall call on the state government and Bayside Council not to hand over Barton Park for a private golf course. Picture: supplied

Save Barton Park committee spokeswomanGreta Wernersaid the protest was over council administrator Greg Wrightrefusing to meet with the group.

Mr Wright toldtheLeaderhe had not refused to meet the group, but had said he would meet with them once he was briefed by councilstaff on the development application (DA).

Mr Wright said he thought the proposed discussion was “premature” as the DAwas a long way from being determined and land owners’ consent had not yet been given.

A spokeswoman for developer Cook Cove Inlet Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of John Boyd Properties, said the consent of the land owners would be sought concurrently with the assessment of the DA.

”This approach can be taken when state and / or council’s land is involved,” she said.

“There have been ongoing discussions with the state government land owners and Bayside Council.”

Land ownership details are set out in an appendix of the DA, which was lodged with Bayside Council, for determination by the regional planning panel.

The major part of the southern precinct of Cooks Cove, where the golf course would be built, is Barton Park, which is Crown land, under the control of the Department of Industry – Lands.

The Chinese market gardens, which is within the DA boundaries, is leased by the state government and is the responsibility of the Ministeradministering the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

An edge of the market gardens would be excised under the plans.

Running through the site is the F6 road reservation, which is Roads and Traffic Authority property but vested in the council.

The federal government does not own any land in the southern precinct other than a small, decommissioned electricity substation in Landing Lights Wetland, which does not form part of the works.

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Dan Griffiths batting against Rup-Minyip in round 13. His side will play its last game of the season on Saturday when it takes on Blackheath-Dimboola. Picture: OLIVIA PAGETHE final regular season round of Horsham Cricket Association’s A Grade competition will start on Saturday.
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Games between first and second, third and fourth, and fifth and sixth should lead to an exciting climax to the season despite no finals positions still being up for grabs.

Jung Tigers and Horsham Saints will play at Horsham City Oval to determinewhich side finishes higher on the ladder.

Just one points separates the third-placed Saints from the Tigers in fourth position.

Both teams have played through up and down patches of form this season and will desperately want their batting lineups to hit their straps beforefinals if they want to make it past the semi-finals.

The Saints side has struggled to score more than 120 in its last three outing including a loss to Jung in round 11’s one-day fixture.

Matt Combe has carried much of the load this season along with brother Justtin but the sideneeds more contributors if it is to be damaging in finals.

Jung’s bowling has been its strength all season with David Puls leading the attack but after being bowled out for 86 in its first innings against Homers there was positive signs batting in the second dig.

Angus Adams compiled a century to end a run of score below 20 and Brett Jensz scored more runs in the game then he had previously in the whole season.

A faltering top-order has lead to Jung being exposed often but the depth in its batting lineup has the potential to makes it dangerous if firing in finals.

Only an outright win for Rup-Minyip against Homers at Sunnysidewould enable it to jump back into first on the ladder.

Rup-Minyip have started to recapture early season form in recent rounds but will face a stiff test on Homers home turf.

The battle between the Homers batting lineup and Rup-Minyip’s bowling lineup will be the key to the match.

Simon Hopper, Lachie Jones, Sandy Hodge, Chris Hopper,Jarred Combe and Michael Langfordhave all scored more than 270 runs this season for Homers.

They will have their work cut out against Ryan Metelmann, Clint Midgley and Glenn Morgan who regularlyshare the workload well to break opposition resistance.

Pride will be on the line in the final game for Laharum and Blackheath-Dimboola at Dimboola Oval.

Six points separatethe sides meaning whoever wins will avoid finishing the season in last place.

Laharum had been enjoying a resurgence in form prior to its match against Rup-Minyip last round on the back of some good batting performances by Ben Peucker, Damien Bunworth and captain Dan Griffiths.

Blackheath-Dimboola came from nowhere to spring a commanding and surprising upset win against the Saints last week.

If the form of Elliot Braithwaite continues into the final round his side will be well-placed to jump off the bottom of the ladder.

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One of the nation’speak infrastructure advisory bodies has once again pointed to upgrades to the state’s sewerage infrastructureas a national priority.
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This week, Infrastructure Australia released its 2017 priority list, listing major infrastructure upgrades across the country that it recommends be completed.

Several Tasmanian projects made the list, includingsewerage infrastructure upgrades in Launceston, Hobart and Devonport.

The project has been on the list for more than ayear, but in light of recent debate over the state’s water and sewerage infrastructure, some are calling for increased federal funding to be made available.

“Non-compliant and ageing infrastructure is contributing to public health and environmental outcomes that do not meet contemporary standards,” the latest priority report said.

“The initiative is to rationalise existing sewage treatment plants and upgrade and operate a reduced number of sewage treatment plants.”

A new summary of the priority list, released this month, said the next stage of the project was to assess options andbusiness case development.

Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said this issue could no longer be put on the back burner.

“There is no better time than now for the federal government to provide a pool of cheap financing at record low interest rates to the state of Tasmania and local governments to access, specifically for critical long term infrastructure projects,” Senator Whish-Wilson said.

“This is nation-building stuff, if the federal government wants jobs and growth that is sustainable then it needs to dramatically ramp up infrastructure financing in this country.”

TasWater has a 10-year plan in place to fix the state’s water and sewerage assets, and in response to recent debate,chairman Miles Hampton has said some of the nation’s best water and sewerage engineerswere putting that planinto action.

“I want to reassure the community that there is neither a “crisis” in the state’s water and sewerage system,” Mr Hampton said.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said he would like to see the upgrade time frame sped up.

“The Hodgman government believes that Tasmanians deserve better water and sewerage infrastructure and is actively considering a greater role for the Tasmanian government,” Mr Gutwein said.

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SLICK DESIGN: Multihull Central will unveil its new Seawind 1260 at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.WHAT if I told you I could double your living space and stability while halving your running costs – would you be interested?
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It’s no trick. It’s the reality of modern-day multihulls catering to bluewater cruising, charter and live-aboard buyers.

They’ve seen a rapid surge in popularity in recent years, ticking boxes for both sailing and powerboat devotees. Attesting to this, May’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) will host the largest display of multihulls in Queensland.

Leading brands Multihull Central, Multihull Solutions, The Multihull Group, Leopard Catamarans, Ensign Boat Brokers and Dream Yacht Sales all have displays booked, and SCIBS sales and exhibition manager Dominic O’Brien fields regular inquiries from interstate buyers.

LOFT CONCEPT: Dream Yacht Sales will launch its Bali 4.3 at the popular Queensland boat show in May.

“Some are enthusiasts, others new to boating, and they say they’re planning to buy a cat to cruise the Pacific Islands or charter in the Whitsundays. These vessels are an ideal lifestyle platform.”

From Multihull Central comes the world launch of the new Seawind 1260, which features an all-new interior design, modern exterior styling and modular cockpit lounge and dining table. They will also have a Seawind 1160 LITE LTD with a lightweight timber interior and leather lounge.

The Aquila 44 power cat, featured in this column recently, will also be displayed.

“In just 12 months we have launched four new Aquila 44s in Australia, including one in charter in the Whitsundays which is well booked,” Multihull Central director Brent Vaughan said.

Multihull Solutions, meanwhile, will be showcasing three of the world’s most popular power and sailing cats, including the Oceanic premiere of the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Evolution.

“The Helia 44 will complement the Lucia 40 sailing catamaran and the MY37 by Fountaine Pajot,” Elkington said. “They appeal to power enthusiasts who appreciate outstanding fuel economy and offshore performance.”

The Lagoon 630 MY will make its much-anticipated Australian launch for The Multihull Group (TMG). A power version of the tried-and-tested Lagoon 620 sailing catamaran, it’s described immodestly as an “on-water residence where serenity meets luxury”.

TMG will also have a new Lagoon 42 and 450 Sports Top.

Ensign Boat Brokers are awaiting the arrival of the first Nautitech Open 40 under the Bavaria banner. The French brand is renowned for its quality and performance while the design and construction of the interiors is supplied by Bavaria’s German craftsmen.

“Living and socialising is on one level, it’s very spacious and appeals to sailors for its pace and space,” Ensign’s Tony Ross said.

Dream Yacht Sales plan to unveil their brand-new Bali 4.3, fully optioned and showing off the loft concept that’s already extremely popular.

“The three boats in the Whitsundays are booked solid,” director Christophe Vanek said. “They are ideal for cruising the tropical seas, completely opening up, with a real connection to the sea.”

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Vice-captain Jackson Reynolds, captain Ezekiel Crawford, vice-captain Elisabeth Blandford and captain Sandy Marsh. Photo: SuppliedParklandsChristian College have awarded their primary captains for 2017 in a special leaders ceremony last week.
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Year 6 captains Ezekiel Crawford andSandy Marsh will be assisted by vice-captains Jackson Reynolds and Elisabeth Blandford.

Ezekiel said he wanted to be captain to take on a new challenge and increase his responsibilities.

“I will try and teach primary students the school values and help them on their path of greatness,” he said.

“I think I will make a good primary captain because I am a natural leader and I respect others and myself and also serve others around me.

“I thought it would be a good experience for me meaning I would help more people and know what to do in more situations.”

Primary Class Ambassadors: Izabela Benston, Torsten Birch, Sarah Cook, Brooke Ferry, Eligh Goodwin, Danica May, Aliya Nisbet, Chealsea Patton, Olivia Phillips, Phoebe Pottinger, Ben Puckeridge, Charlotte Rauwendaal, Lily Robertson and Elissa Vicente. Photo: Supplied

Sandy said thought it was aprivilege to become captain, to serveGod and other students.

“I wanted to be captain because of all the responsibilities I will have, like going to different events, staying at school late and my favourite helping the younger students,” she said.

“I think I will make a good captain because God is with me always, my heart is to help others and I think Ezekiel and I are going to be a magnificent team.”

Head of Primary Grant Jakins said Parklands Christian College staffwere very happy with the new leadership team.

“These students set a good example and are responsible, polite and caring,” he said.

“They are a wonderful group of students and we wish them all the best.”

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FluroSat co-founder and cheif executive Anastasia Volkova with co-founder and chief scientist Malcolm Ramsay trailing their product in Narrabri. A NEW crop management tool is being trialled by a start-up software developer could unlock a new level of accuracy for early identification of plant stress, potentially enabling a shift from treatment to prevention.
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The new software is the brainchild of two Sydney University PhD students, aeronautical engineer Anastasia Volkova and Malcolm Ramsay, who specialises in chemistry and computer science.

Dubbed FluroSat, it uses multispectral and hyperspectral cameras mounted on drones in combination with satellite imagery to analysecrops.

Ms Volkova said FluroSat has scientifically developed, sophisticated analysis techniques thatcombine the drone and satellite imagery, whichoffers a significant improvement on crop analysis tools which utilises standard normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) maps.

Malcolm Ramsay, co-founder and FluroSat chief scientist, Anastasia Volkova, co-founder and FluroSat chief executive, Dr Tim Weaver, NSW Department of Primary Industries research officer for crop nutrition and research scientist Guna Nachimuthu.

“With NDVI maps, you can see that something is wrong. But we can say something is wrong, what can be done to mitigate it and also what potential yields can be with application of fertiliser,” Ms Volkova said.

“We can say more nitrogen is needed here, or the paddock is waterlogged there, or there are weeds emerging somewhere.

“Currently, you can get maps to that display the relative biomass of crops in the paddock, but then the agronomist has to go into the field and see where where the crop performance is sub-optimal,” Ms Volkova said.

FluroSat is supported through Telstra’s muru-D start up accelerator – with business mentors and financial backing.

It launched it’s first trial today with Australian Cotton Research Institute – who will use the technology at sited in Narrabri, Tamworth, Moree and Gunnedah.

Ms Volkova said FluroSat would develop crop-specific offerings, with the first, cotton, expected to available by the end of the year.

Sydney University’s Plant Breeding Institute will conduct a winter trial of the technology in cereals.

Ms Volkova said FluroSat had identified a market need for increased decision making tools for croppers.

Sydney University PhD students, aeronautical engineer Anastasia Volkova and chemistry and computer scientist Malcolm Ramsay.

“From the recent industry surveys we know that currently 95 per cent of decisions being made day-to-day on farms are uninformed by data and that 74pcof land in Australia is being managed in a non-optimal way.”

Ms Volkova said data generated by FluroSat analysis is compatible with existing farm management software to manage chemical application, sowing and so on.

Telstra area general manager Mike Marom said the company wants to see its muru-D initiative bring new technology solutions to agriculture and into regional Australia.

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